Marin County Parks and Open Space Department

What is Healthy Parks Healthy People?

By now the facts are clear: spending time in nature improves physical and mental health. The Healthy Parks, Healthy People: Bay Area (HPHP: Bay Area) initiative aims to increase opportunities to improve the health and wellbeing of all Bay Area residents, especially those with high health needs, through regular use and enjoyment of parks and open space.

Marin County Parks, as an HPHP: Bay Area partner, is working to expand the public’s knowledge, awareness, use, enjoyment, and appreciation of how parks and recreation resources can contribute to improved health and the reduction of chronic diseases in adults, children, and families.

Starting June 2013, Marin County Parks and other participating agencies will offer regular activities and outings to introduce visitors to safe, low-impact physical activity in nature. Health and social service providers will refer their patients (particularly those who’ve been physically and/or socially inactive) to regularly scheduled events in any Bay Area county. On the first Saturday morning of each month, selected parks in each county will welcome new visitors with a variety of group activities such as stretching exercises, nature walks, farm tours, and bird walks. Participants are encouraged to explore their surroundings and meet others!

We Welcome New Visitors to our Parks and Preserves through HPHP: Bay Area

Healthy Parks Healthy People Bay AreaMarin County Parks will offer HPHP: Bay Area activities and outings through naturalist outings, family outings, ranger events, and community volunteer days. Activities and outings will take place from Sausalito to Novato, and may be oriented towards families with children or adults. In our Events Calendar, look for the HPHP logo and check descriptions to determine if an event is right for you!